LED Street Lighting Trial 2016-19

Using light emitting diode (LED) street lights help make our city more energy efficient by reducing street light energy consumption by up to 60 percent. In 2016, Brisbane City Council in a joint initiative with Energex, commenced the trial of 10 different types of LED lights at 17 locations across Brisbane. The trial was to better understand the performance of LED street lighting.

The installation of the LED lights took place between September and October 2016. LEDs installed throughout the trial areas were monitored by Council employees and Energex representatives on a quarterly basis. After two years, Council and Energex completed the data collection for the LED Street Lighting Trial in November 2018.

The collected data has been analysed by Council and Energex. The findings are summarised in the LED Street Lighting Trial Report 2019 (Word - 3.7Mb). The findings of the trial will provide meaningful, practical information and will inform the future use of LED lights.

The formal monitoring has come to an end and the trial LED light products are performing satisfactorily, as such, the trial lights will not be removed at this time. Council and Energex will continue to monitor the lights in the same way that other lights are monitored. 

Streets in the trial

The following streets were part of the LED Street Lighting Trial:

  • Brisbane Street, St Lucia
  • Cricket Street, Petrie Terrace
  • Drake Street, West End
  • Dutton Street, Hawthorne
  • Emma Street, Holland Park West
  • Galleon Street, Jamboree Heights
  • Gaynor Road, Banyo
  • Hipwood Street, Norman Park
  • Howard Street, Brisbane City
  • Lilley Road, Bardon
  • Macrossan Street, Brisbane City
  • Malbon Street, Eight Mile Plains
  • Playford Street, Bracken Ridge
  • Third Avenue, Sandgate
  • Union Street, Clayfield
  • Weekes Road, Carindale
  • Weenga Street, Geebung.


The installation of lights took place between September and October 2016 and final measurements were taken in November 2018.

The LED Street Lighting Trial Report 2019 was released on Council and Energex’s websites at the end of March 2019.

Trial benefits

The trial assisted to determine the types of LED lights most suitable for residential street lighting. The transition to LED lights will help to make our streets more energy efficient by reducing street light energy consumption and improve night time visibility for pedestrians and local residents.

More information

For more information on the LED Minor Street Lighting Trial:

  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Asset Management Branch
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
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